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Chemical Peel vs. Laser Peel: What’s The Difference?

Are you looking to give your skin a boost but are unsure which procedure is right for you? Chemical and laser peels both offer a variety of benefits but depending on your preferences and skin type, one may be more suitable than the other.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers of skin. The solution often contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenol.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels have many benefits including,

  • Minimizes deep wrinkles
  • Repairs sun damage and age spots
  • Reduces acne, blemishes, and scarring
  • Helps with hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and other skin concerns
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Allows skin care products to be used to full capacity

What is a Laser Peel?

A laser peel is a type of laser skin resurfacing treatment that uses non-ablative laser light to remove the top layers of damaged skin cells from the face or body. This type of laser is more intense and vaporizes the skin to provide the best results. The procedure can help reduce wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, and reduce the appearance of scars.

Benefits of a Laser Peel

A laser peel also provides many benefits for the skin including,

  • Lessens fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging
  • Eliminates traumatic scars, surgical scars, acne scars, and other skin conditions
  • Tightens the skin, making one appear younger
  • Deepens collagen production remodeling
  • Balances tone and removes dark spots spots

What are the Differences Between a Chemical Peel and a Laser Peel?

The main difference between a chemical peel and a laser peel is that a chemical peel uses a solution to remove the skin’s outer layers, while a laser peel uses light energy. A chemical peel typically takes less time and has fewer side effects than a laser peel. Additionally, chemical peels can be used on all skin tones, whereas laser treatments are often only suitable for light skin.

On the other hand, a laser peel can target deeper layers of the skin, making it more effective for treating wrinkles and other signs of aging. Additionally, laser skin treatments require fewer treatments than chemical peels to achieve desired results. Both procedures take about three weeks of downtime of recovery time.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Chemical Peel?

Those with good skin health and no major skin issues may be suitable candidates for a chemical peel. People who are looking to reduce wrinkles, reduce acne or scars, improve texture and tone, or treat hyperpigmentation and discoloration can all benefit from this procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Laser Peel?

People who have deeper wrinkles, surgery scars, traumatic scars, and acne scars are typically good candidates for a laser peel. Additionally, those with light skin tones may benefit more from this procedure than those with darker skin tones.

Try Out a Cosmetic Peel with Skin Savvy Today

If you are considering either a chemical or laser peel, get in touch with our team of skin care professionals at Skin Savvy. We can help assess your skin type and individual needs to determine the best type of peel for you. Contact us today to learn more about how a cosmetic peel could improve the look and feel of your skin!

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